The new range has just been released on the back of the Distillery winning its 50th award in three years; September saw the Speyside distillery pick up a Double Gold at this year’s International Spirits Challenge for its 18-year-old single malt.
The GlenAllachie Virgin Oak Series consists of three limited-edition single malt whiskies, all 12 years old, which are finished in French virgin oak, Spanish virgin oak, and Chinquapin virgin oak casks respectively.
Each whisky in the series is first matured in American Oak ex-Bourbon barrels, and to add a delicate and distinctive twist to the taste, the whisky then undergoes additional maturation for approximately 18 months in specially selected virgin oak casks. Each whisky is non-chill filtered, natural colour, bottled at 48%, and limited to around 1,100 cases of each.
The flavour differences in the Virgin Oak series are led by a variety of influences, including the oak species, the local terroir and the period of natural air drying, and the toasting, charring and coopering of the casks.
The new series showcases the expert cask-sourcing and renowned wood-management skills of The GlenAllachie’s master distiller Billy Walker, who hand-picked each cask type.
Commenting on the new range, Walker said: “I wanted to explore and showcase the different range of flavours that can be created with different types of virgin oak. Lots of people have matured or finished whisky in virgin oak before, but I wanted to take things further and explore what happens when you use different derivatives of virgin oak – for example with different terroir, different drying periods and different toasting and charring levels.”
Further information on the distillery and company can be found at www.theglenallachie.com